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The Jack Layton Chair seeks to advance Jack’s legacy of humanitarian leadership by promoting progressive social change and strengthening political capacity at Ryerson University. The Chair aims to help students explore their sense of engagement in justice issues and is a collaborative partnership between the Faculty of Arts and Faculty of Community Services.

We are committed to anti-racism

The Jack Layton Chair condemns the racist, colonial and neoliberal brutality wrought on Black and Indigenous peoples. We call for an end to institutionalized and interpersonal violence against Black and Indigenous peoples within the educational system and other governing institutions. It is past time to break down and reconstruct social, institutional, and systemic barriers that prevent Black and Indigenous peoples from thriving. We are committed to the fight against anti-Black and anti-Indigenous racism and will work in solidarity until liberation.



Ben McCarthy, Evangeline Brooks, Sonja: Jack Layton Chair presents Musicians During COVID-19

Layton Shorts: Hayden King & Theola Ross

The Akua Benjamin Legacy Project - Trailer

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